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Thursday, 16 August 2012

Brush Off


Ever since I watched my first ever Youtube video, a MAC 217 has been high on my list, yet I could never bring myself to part with all the money it cost. So to pacify myself, I bought this 'Blending Brush' from No.17.


Both brushes look very similar, and kind of do the same job, which I was pretty amazed by. Now the No.17 brush is only around £3, so I have a few, which is great, as if I need a clean blending brush, I can just grab it,  whereas I couldn't afford to buy loads of 217's for the same purpose. The No.17 blending brush is slightly more flimsy and cheap compared to the 217 which I would suspect, but not horribly so.


I find that the 217 is great for placing colour in the crease and smoking out a smokey eye look, and have no regrets in buying it, which it may seem like this post is about! I then like using the No.17 brushes for blending out harsh lines.

So overall two very similar brushes for two very different prices. I would recommend starting with the No.17 one until you can feel like you can part your money with for the MAC one, but both are lovely.

Do you have either of these? Which do you prefer?

Laura xoxo

19 comments:

  1. I'm a bit of a 217 fan, but it does make me feel a bit queasy when I think about the ridiculous amount of money that I spend on it!

    -Alice
    shinyprettythings-alice.blogspot.co.uk

    x

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    1. I know, but it really does apply colour so nicely :)

      xoxo

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  2. I've never tried either of these but I do have the No7 blending and contour brush though which looks pretty similar and I love it :) I've never seen 17 brushes, why is my boots so crap? haha x

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    1. Yeah, I've seen that and was tempted by it haha!
      Ahh that's a shame, I see them in most of the ones near me :/

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  3. Looks like a good dupe! I have never seen 17 brushes so will be on the look out :) xx

    http://sophiaxblog.blogspot.com

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    1. :) Let me know if you find :)

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  4. The 217 is one of few brushes I honestly would panic if I didn't have in my kit. I have a few for my kit but the real test of how much I love a brush is if I also include on in my makeup bag and I am never without a 217!

    No7 also do a nice little 'dupe' of this in the white blending and contour brush I think it's called. My only issue with that is that it's quite flimsy and as such doesn't really blend as well as I like or am used to. xx

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    1. I do love the 217, I think it does a great job :) Just so expensive :(
      I've seen that too, the handle looks a lot shorter too!

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  5. I have neither of these brushes, but I have also been wanting the 217 ever since I started watching youtube videos and reading blogs! I still havent been able to justify the expense since I've got so many brushes that seem to do the job just fine.

    xo Courtney

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    1. It is definitely a lust have rather than a must have for sure!

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  6. I'll have to get a No.17 one, never noticed them in shops before! xxxx

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    1. Let me know what you think :)

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  7. I seriously need to try these brushes, I never get around to think of buying them!

    I have a giveaway on my blog, come check it out! :) xx

    www.ohabbiee.blogspot.com

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  8. Great comparison hun, I haven't been able to part from my Sigma yet as I have been contemplating getting the Mac brush but find it so expensive lol.

    Charlee
    http://charmedcharlee.blogspot.co.uk/
    xxxx

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    1. Ahh I want a Sigma brush set, but it is so hard to get and so expensive here :(

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  9. I have the 217 and it's good. I'm glad you like it hun =)
    xx

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  10. nice comparison, I might try it out too.

    xoxo
    Madiha

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